PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police departments in three states are investigating whether a pair of Connecticut men arrested in East Providence were responsible for house breaks in their jurisdictions.
Lyle Solsbury and Maurice Youmans were taken into custody following a police pursuit through East Providence Wednesday afternoon. They’ve since been charged with a string of break-ins in three communities.
Solsbury, 40, of Naugatuck, Connecticut., and Youmans, 38, of Waterbury, Connecticut were wanted in connection with a break-in on Church Street, according to city police. The homeowner was alerted by an app on his phone that the motion detector at his house was breached and he called police.
“He was able to see a picture of a male in his driveway going up his stairs and eventually within his house,” East Providence Deputy Chief William Nebus said.
Police say the man in the photo was Solsbury, and Youmans was waiting in the getaway car. The suspects took off in a black SUV, leading police on a chase until a detective was able to pull the men over on North Broadway.
Police had to use a stun gun to subdue one of the suspects, but officials said no one was hurt during the ordeal.
Solsbury and Youmans were arraigned in court Thursday on charges of breaking and entering, conspiracy, and two counts of receiving stolen goods. The stolen goods included jewelry from the Church Street home and stolen Massachusetts registration plates, which were used to cover up the car’s Connecticut registration, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Eyewitness News.
Since their arrest, numerous police departments in three states have come forward saying they’re investigating whether the two men broke into homes in their jurisdictions, and police in both Cranston and Foster have now brought charges.
Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said both men are charged in connection with a break-in Wednesday on Narragansett Boulevard.
Winquist said he was contacted by East Providence police after items and paperwork found in the suspect vehicle appeared to have been stolen from that home. Officers went to the home to find the rear door had been pried open. The homeowners later identified the evidence as their property.
Foster police have also charged the pair with breaking and entering. Both men were arraigned on the charges from all three municipalities on Thursday afternoon and were given $60,000 bail with surety.
Police say the public’s help was crucial in capturing the suspects, particularly the homeowner’s surveillance camera, which gave police an hours-long head start.
“Without that app, we wouldn’t have had these individuals,” Deputy Chief Nebus said. “We would have had to piece back the last four hours of their whereabouts.”
Police say a Barrington man also helped, by reporting a suspicious vehicle in that town and taking photos of the license plates. The tip helped police track down the vehicle.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross asked any residents who witnessed similar suspicious activity or have items missing from their homes to contact their local police department immediately.
“Although nothing was taken during the Barrington investigation, I applaud the homeowner for his quick actions to capture the plate number and vehicle on his cell phone,” the chief said.
Police in Newtown, Connecticut and Sturbridge, Mass. are also investigating the two suspects, along with Rhode Island and Connecticut State Police.
Newtown Police Sgt. Baha Monde said Solsbury was released on bail just last week from charges he broke in to a home there. The burglary was caught on the homeowner’s surveillance camera, and police were about to identify Solsbury by releasing the video the public.
Newtown Police are now investigating whether Youmans and Solsbury could be involved in four other break-ins that occurred there in July.